When Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana and Ricochet stalwart talked about calling a "truce on so-called social issues" a few years ago, he got into a bit of trouble. There was push-back from social conservatives, naturally.
I agreed with him then, and I agree with him now. And it's hard to see this Republican convention -- despite media shrieks that the Republican party is "divided" and "fractured" -- as anything but unified.
Item one: a pretty funny joke by the leader of the gay Republican group, GOProud. From Politico:
For those who think gay and lesbian voters can be considered a one-issue electorate, picking a president mainly on his stance on same-sex marriage, GOProud co-founder and Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia has a catchy response.
“As most of you know I support civil marriage for gay couples,” LaSalvia told the crowd.“And marriage is important. But before you get married, you need a date, and everybody knows you can’t get a date without a job.”
Item two: Mike Huckabee's speech last night. It's simply astounding -- wonderfully so -- that a true believing Evangelical could issue such a full-throated endorsement of a Mormon candidate. Especially surprising when it's noted that this is the first presidential ticket in....forever that doesn't have at least one candidate from a mainstream Protestant denomination.
It's easier to make a truce, I guess, when you've got bigger fish to fry.